Alex Duval Smith
Alex Duval Smith is a reporter based in Mali.
Three years after a coup nearly ripped Mali apart, militant groups continue to use parts of the country as their bases of operations. What little government exists is chaotic and corrupt. Public services are almost unheard of.
From last year's deadly strike at Marikana to recent aftershocks, rank-and-file workers blame high-rolling union bosses for selling them out.
US effort doesn't go over well in the country with the highest HIV infection rate in the world.
As much as fifty-seven percent of township youth are unemployed, while others turn to the "informal economy" to eke out a living.
Disability does not hold back young South African who competes in grueling race.
Mugabe's bishop is sacked but refuses to vacate Harare cathedral, polarizing congregation.
Zimbabwean opposition politician Roy Bennett goes on trial for treason.